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Whether you are a current or incoming student, a parent or guardian, a faculty member, staff member, or any part of the Fairfield University community, we want to keep you up-to-date on our latest health protocols so you can remain an integral part of our campus life.Below you will find a host of helpful questions and answers regarding Fairfield’s plans and protocols, including important items on services, facilities, and events.

General University Procedures

At this time, Fairfield does not require masks indoors. 

In alignment with CDC guidance dated 8/11/22, Fairfield will not conduct screening testing of asymptomatic students. Specifically, the University is not requiring unvaccinated asymptomatic, non-exposed students to test before arrival to campus and weekly. 

Fairfield University recognizes that the Covid-19 pandemic and the recent surge is impacting community members both personally and professionally. Fairfield offers are variety of support services to community members to support mind, body, and spirit.

Campus Ministry

As an integral part of life at the modern, Jesuit Catholic University, Campus Ministry at Fairfield strives to be a home where all – students, faculty, and staff – can engage questions of faith and justice, worship and pray together, and serve communities near and far. Our dedicated staff of campus ministers and chaplains is here to accompany you throughout your journey – spiritual or otherwise - offering hospitality in the welcoming space of the Pedro Arrupe, S.J. Campus Ministry Center on the lower level of the Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola, the spiritual home of the Fairfield campus where we invite you to relax in one of our comfortable rooms and enjoy free coffee, tea, and snacks. Designed to feel like a home away from home, the spaces are open to students from 6 a.m.-midnight each day.

Counseling & Psychological Services

Counseling & Psychological Services promotes the mental health and well-being of students by providing personal counseling, educational programs, crisis intervention, and campus community consultation. Students use Counseling & Psychological Services for help in addressing and understanding a wide variety of issues and concerns.

To schedule an appointment, call 203.254.400 ext 2146 or email counseling@fairfield.edu.

Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality

The Murphy Center, much like Campus Ministry, welcomes those seeking to deepen their relationship with God. We offer one-to-one spiritual direction and programming, in the Ignatian tradition, to guide individuals and groups in their journey toward this encounter, as St. Ignatius did, by “finding God in all things.” Our trained spiritual directors will accompany you on this journey for deeper connection and relationship listening for the sacred graces where God is at work in your life. The Murphy Center is located in Dolan House near the townhouses on campus. Just like God in these challenging times, we are sometimes hard to find, but when you know the way you will see how easy it is to find your way back! You will also find that our doors open wide to the student, faculty, staff, parent and alumni community.

Students who have been vaccinated should upload their medical documentation here. Any student that is having difficulty may call the Student Health Center for assistance or email the documentation to health@fairfield.edu and we will upload it.

For faculty and staff who have been vaccinate, please submit proof of vaccination to COVIDHR@fairfield.edu.

There is no formal remote learning option for students in isolation/quarantine. Faculty will work directly with students who are out for medical reasons (including covid) regarding missed work and assignments. Faculty will be notified by the Student Health Center staff if a student will be out for medical reasons.

Testing & Contact Tracing

Yes, a contact tracer nurse will interview students testing positive in order to identify close contacts.

Close contacts will be sent an email via the contact tracer nurse that states they should wear a mask for ten days after last exposure, monitor for symptoms and test on day five after last exposure. The University will provide an at-home test if exposed students need one. If they develop symptoms, they should go to the Student Health Center and be tested.

 

All students, regardless of vaccination status, who are exposed to Covid-19 will need to wear a mask for ten days after last exposure, monitor for symptoms and test day five after last exposure. The University requirement for unvaccinated exposed students to quarantine away from others for five days has been eliminated (in alignment with CDC guidance dated 8/11/22).

If contact traced, students will be sent an email via the contact tracer nurse that states they should wear a mask for ten days after last exposure, monitor for symptoms and test on day five after last exposure. The University will provide an at-home test if exposed students need one. If they develop symptoms, they should go to the Health Center and be tested.

The University will not be hosting surveillance testing on a regular basis. If needed, the University will arrange testing clinics population specific. Any student can be/will be tested if they are symptomatic or get a at-home test through the Student Health Center. 

Students who test positive for Covid-19 from a home test or external test, should notify the Student Health Center at 203-254-4000, ext. 2241.

For Covid-19, a close contact is anyone who was within six feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes). An infected person can spread Covid-19 starting from two days before they have any symptoms (or, if they are asymptomatic, two days before their specimen that tested positive was collected), until they meet the criteria for discontinuing home isolation.

Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms from Covid-19. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from Covid-19 illness. Look for emergency warning signs for Covid-19. If you are showing any of these signs or symptoms, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

Call Public Safety at 203-254-4090 or call 911. Notify the operator of your symptoms and that you may have Covid-19.

If feeling sick, students can visit the Student Health Center located in the heart of campus, attached to Jogues hall within the residential quad. In addition to Covid-19 related health concerns, they will provide comprehensive health services and mental health support for eligible students seven days a week. Please note: the Student Health Center has limited services during the summer months. Our registered nurse will be able to conduct a phone consultation and refer students to community health care providers as needed.

Yes, Covid-19 testing is available at the Student Health Center for eligible students with possible Covid-19 symptoms and for students exposed to someone with Covid-19.

Students who test positive for Covid-19 from a home test or external test, should notify the Student Health Center at 203-254-4000, ext. 2241.

Students who test positive for Covid-19 from a home test or external test, should notify the Student Health Center at 203-254-4000, ext. 2241.

Employees: For University Health Plan participants, the cost of these tests are covered under the University’s medical plan. Private test results only must be submitted to COVIDHR@fairfield.edu.

Following CDC guidelines, regardless of vaccination status, all individuals who test positive for Covid-19 will need to isolate away from others for a full five days. Following the five-day isolation period, return to the University community is allowed if certain criteria are met. There is a strict masking mandate for an additional five days. Students in isolation need to be cleared by a Student Health Center nurse to return to the campus community. In general, students should plan to isolate at home or a privately arranged location. 

All students, regardless of vaccination status, who are exposed to Covid-19 will need to wear a mask for ten days after last exposure, monitor for symptoms and test day five after last exposure. The University requirement for unvaccinated exposed students to quarantine away from others for five days has been eliminated (in alignment with CDC guidance dated 8/11/22). The University will provide an at-home test if exposed students need one. If they develop symptoms, they should go to the Health Center and be tested.

As is the case when students must miss class for medical/health-related reasons, students are responsible for making up missed work and should consult with their instructor(s) on how best continue or make-up coursework. Students should notify their faculty upon confirmation of a positive result.

Vaccines & Boosters

Fairfield University is strongly encouraging all members of the campus community to get vaccinated or receive a booster vaccination, if booster eligible.

  • Covid-19 vaccines are working well to prevent severe illness and hospitalization; however, public health experts are seeing reduced protection over time against mild to moderate disease.
  • Individuals who have received the booster vaccine have an increased immune response and lower rates of “break-through” infection.
    • Eligibility for a Booster:
      • If more than five months have passed since completing your primary series of the Pfizer vaccine
      • If more than five months have passed since completing your primary series of the Moderna vaccine
      • If more than two months have passed since your Johnson & Johnson vaccination.

Students who have been vaccinated should upload their medical documentation here. Any student that is having difficulty may call the Student Health Center for assistance or email the documentation to health@fairfield.edu and we will upload it.

For faculty and staff who have been vaccinated, please submit proof of vaccination to covidhr@fairfield.edu.

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